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Launching some EC2 nodes, is there anything else I should do before it goes into production?

  • Update/Upgrade
  • Configured Security Group
  • Hardened SSH and changed port
  • Installed Anti-Virus for PCI
  • Installed Nginx and configured

I know EC2 nodes are simple, but I feel like i'm missing something.

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Don't worry about the fact that this is an EC2 instance.

Anything you'd do to secure a physical, dedicated server, you should do here also.

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We always like to configure ELB + auto-scaling, to be able to handle unpredicted load. Preferably do it multi-zone to be more protected against outages. And it'd be nice to have a good S3/Glacier backup + disaster recovery policy.

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